It is once again that time of year people are scratching around for Christmas Gift ideas. I know many people plan and they complete their shopping long before the middle of December, but those organised people will not need any help with gift suggestions. This blog post is for everyone else, who are just thinking about Christmas presents now and can use all the help they can get.
Evergreen FavouritesIf you read my Christmas Gift suggestions for 2017, you will see there are products that feature again this year. This is because they are items that have proved to be invaluable and I would purchase them again in a heartbeat if I found myself without them.
Gifts for all BudgetsI know that many spoonies (and their loved ones) live on restricted budgets because of their health condition. Therefore, I will do my best to come up with a range of products to cover all budgets. Spoonies are naturally all individuals with their own likes and dislikes so I am leaving it up to you to know your recipient well enough to gauge which of these ideas they would enjoy the most.
Stocking StuffersThe first selection of products are suitable for most budgets. Whether you are looking for a Secret Santa for a colleague, a gift for a friend or a stocking stuffer for a family member. Here are ideas for you:
Soft SocksFor most spoonies the snuggle is real. It is difficult to go wrong with a pair (or three) of soft socks. These are a little like the ones I reach for when the only thing that makes sense is to curl up on the sofa. You can get them from Amazon.
Essential OilsThe beauty of Essential oils is that they are so versatile. I use them is an atomiser for pain relief. This set contains the three that make my go to pain management cocktail: Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Lavender, I use ten drops of each and it can deal with all bar the very worst headache. Another useful purpose for Essential Oils is creating your own cleaning products. Again this collection from Amazon contains both Lemon and Orange which are both great at cutting through grease.
Slipper BootsAnother go to product is slipper-boots. I wear them after a shower in the evening and sometimes all day when I am feeling poorly or having a flare-up (you can read my post about flare-ups). I have often got them from supermarket brands and they last about a year before they get passed their best. My husband has Coolers and they are well-made. This exact pair from Amazon is on my Wish list this Christmas.
Clean my SpaceSpoonies can be sensitive to many things and that includes the chemicals in shop bought cleaning products. Melissa Maker from the highly successful YouTube channel Clean my Space has brought out a book of the same name. In it she shares the recipes for many home-made effective cleaning products that contain only natural ingredients you can find the book on Amazon. Although I am a Kindle user all the way for novels, this is a book I recommend getting in paper format.
Under the TreeThis next range of gift ideas vary in price between slightly more than the stocking stuffers up to a considered purchase level. It is a combination of items I have and love and a few are on my wish list.
Essential Oil DiffuserI have had a few Essential Oil diffusers over the last three years and they are not all built equally. Initially, I went with a cheaper one but I learnt my lesson. Anjou build a quality atomiser to last, like this one from Amazon. A diffuser is one of the best ways to use Essential Oils when you are new to them.
PyjamasWe have had the socks, slipper-boots and the throw it makes sense that some comfortable PJ’s would feature in the list too! I have this pair from Simply Be. They are comfortable and I can wear them all day long. Although I freely admit I often wear PJs all day long, this pair looks more like a lounge suit so I am less self-conscious if I have to see people.
An Amazon KindleI mentioned when talking about Clean my Space that for reading novels I use an Amazon Kindle. I had one of the original Kindles but I updated this to a Paperwhite two years ago thanks to a Christmas gift. I love that you can regularly find Kindle Books for free or at a reduced price on Amazon I have added a further ten to my collection over the last month. Another advantage is that the Kindle Paperwhite is lightweight, less than some larger novels in paperback format.
A snuggly throwWhen your pain levels kick in and everything gets too much, you can’t beat wrapping yourself up in a snuggly throw on the sofa. I often go for the purple option when possible (It is the colour for Fibromyalgia) but the purple shade of throw looks too dark for my taste but this pink one from Amazon is super sweet.
Amazon EchoThere is no chance I will put together a list of Christmas Gift ideas for Spoonies without including an Amazon Echo of some sort. Since we got our first Echo (we have one in each room now) it has transformed my life. Alexa reminds me to take my medication, (I can also set up reminders for anything else I want). Whilst cooking we can ask her to a add a product to the shopping list so they are all there waiting for us when we do the online grocery shop each week. Thanks to the marvel that is IFTTT I have many “digital recipes” that trigger actions based around the Echo. They now have an Echo with a screen, brilliant for anyone who doesn’t live on a mobile phone or tablet.
ReadlyIf your gift recipient has an iPad or an Android Tablet and they enjoy reading magazines why not treat them to a subscription to Readly? After an initial free trial, it only costs £7.99 a month. For that price, you can use it on five devices and each member of the family can have an account where they save all their favourite magazines. Considering it often costs about £5 for one paper based magazine this is a fantastic bargain!
So that rounds up my Christmas Gift Ideas for Spoonies for 2018. I have tried to keep it specifically for spoonies rather that going into territories like Adult Colouring that some spoonies enjoy. I hope you may have found this list useful if you were struggling to think of a gift for someone.
Next week I plan on hosting a link up so my fellow Fibro Warriors can share their best advice for coping with the Festive Season.